Website WeKnowYourHouse.com has earned the wrath of many. The website is under the scanner, and security experts believe it will be end of days for the website soon. What the website does is use location information unknowingly transmitted by users every time a tweet is sent.
The information is matched to that user’s home address and in some cases Google Street View of the home image is provided. Although the makers of WeKnowYourHouse.com claim this is an experiment and that they are providing a service that alerts users to location feature, security experts have rubbished these claims and speculate this unknown motive could be a security threat for users.
The team responsible for the website say” Our advice is don’t check in at your home, whether using Twitter with locations, Foursquare, and Google’s Latitude, or any other location-aware service, because you’re telling the world exactly where you live”. The site reveals that user data is taken off after an hour and also offers users option to withdraw from the site.
Security firms have described this scenario as ‘scary’. According to Anna Brading, expert with security firm Sophos, “The site promises that it only keeps the last hour of data, and then fully deletes it, but it’s scary to see how much information can be compiled against someone so quickly, using information that is freely available”.